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you tell us? >> we know that the senator had this scheduled trip and arrived on friday in myanmar hoping to talk to leaders. on a five-nation tour, jim webb got just what he wanted. he had unprecedented talks with leaders and he won the release of an american. on tuesday, johnheyett sentenced toea rs of hard labor for helping a democracy leader violate the terms of her house arrest. in a statement, the senator said, "i'm grateful to the government for honoring these requests and it is my hope that we can take advantage of these gestures as a way to begin laying a foundation of good will and confidence building in the future." >> it is a good thing. it will help raise awareness of the situation. it is getting the u.s. involved. >> webb is the first member of congress in more than a decade to visit the country. some people hope this release will let the u.s. focus more on the controversy in the asian country. >> it will put pressure on the government and it might eventually result in a change. i do not think it will happen quickly. everything helps. this is a step in the right direc
photographed, but u.s. forces have been on an intense hunt for baitullah mehsud, the leader of the talupon. unarmed drones, the weaponf o choice, have been closing o on n m hifor weeks and, today, u.s and pakistani officials are saying they think mehsud has finally been killed by one of those strikes. martha raddatz is in washington tonight. good evening. >>> senior officials tell abc news president obama was detailed today on why the u.s. believes there are strong indication said butullea mehsud is dead. his back is to the camera in this rare video of him. he's enemy number one in pakistan, believed to be behind some of the most spectacular attacks in that country, including the assassination of benazir bhutto. u.s. officials consider him a grave threat as well. the nexus of all terror groups in pakistan. the u.s. and pakistan have been trying to track mehsud for months. nine of the last ten cia drone strikes have been aimed add his network, but u.s. and pakistani officials believe a strike in south waziristan yesterday likely killed him. omps saying there's a 95% chance he's among the
where ben franklin used to sit naked and think. >> oh, yeah. >> that's a hot spot. a subway platform where jerry springer was born in london. >> sure. >> it is a quirky, quirky tour. >> usually, the "weekend window" is stunning vistas and parkways. this morning, we've been warned, i'm intrigued by this story. first, ron claiborne kicks us off. >> good morning, bill and kate. >>> we begin with breaking news after 18 years the remains of american pilot scott speicher who was shot down during the first gulf war have been found in iraq. in a combat mission first night of the war back in january 1991, the military initially declared him killed, but changed his status to missing in action and then captured. the military says his remains were recovered the past week and flown toover air force base for identification. >>> we turn now to the three americans held in iran believed to be college students on vacation who mistakenly crossed the border into iran while hiking. abc's jim sciutto has the latest from london. good morning, jim. >> reporter: well, good morning. efforts are now under way
morning. and thanks for being with us. today, the white house begins a new wave of an all-outpublic relations war. >> that concern is being expressed in meetings nationwide, as well as online, and on talk radio. today, the president hits the road with an updated message. >> emily schmidt joins us from washington with details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. this health care debate is growing so heated, that the aarp in texas canceled some of its town hall meetings. as president barack obama prepares for today's health care town hall meeting, he better be prepared for this. the health care reform debate is growing louder all across the country. >> a lot of us who had coverage that we're reasonably satisfied with are going to get dumped. you'rend simple. >> i want to make sure that kind of medicine never makes it here. >> i believe it's the president's intention to ramrod somethinthrough congress. >> monday, democrat ben cardin had to shout over protesters as he tried to explain the hlt care bill. democrats argue republicans and special int
.4%. numbers suggest the steep decline in the economy might be easing. so, betsy stark joins us again tonight. >> reporter: the economy has lost jobs for 19 straight months. under normal circumstances, today's numbers would be apalg. given where they we have been, they are another sign the worst is behind us and the seeds of a recover are being to take hold. at the white house today, the president took some credit for today's jobs numbers saying the stimulus plan had rescued the economy from castro fee. >> today, we're pointed in the right direction. >> in the first three days on of this year, panicked employees were slashing jobs at an average pace of nearly 700,000. that has eased to about 30,000 a month. >> that period of freefall is over. >> if everything sticks to script, 6 to 12 months we'll feel better. >> reporter: 34-year-old w lost his job as a bank sales manager a year ago is already feeling better. so, when do you start this job? >> monday. >> reporter: monday? >> yes. >> reporter: he just got a new job in banking. though it comes with a $50,000 pay cut. >> it's almost a salary in
. >> ed cook took us inside one of the simulators to show us turbulence up close. so it feels like aairplane in here? >> once we shut the door it will feel like we're in an airplane. the pilots use a five-point harness. >> that's two and then the middle one down here. that would be three. our simulated flight into danger felt unnervingly real. there's miami below us. like the pro he s cook guided us up the coast and then into the everglades. >> we are headed into the red spot and the more we get into the cloud the more turbulence we'll experience. notice that the wheel is moving more, notice that we're bouncing around a little bit more. >> this is exactly what you would not do if you're flying? >> that's exactly right. this could get bad. >> he gave us a good taste of turbulence, that pilots do everything in real life to avoid. >> because it could do structural damage to the airplane and would hurt people, particularly those not belted in. >> what's causing the turbulence now? >> turbulence right now is just air spilling off around the clouds. it's just the instability around the c
street. the dow rose 155 points. so, we turn to bill weir, who is with us tonight. >> reporter: the ride continues, david. we began this week with so many sobering indicators, but we end it with a much-needed shot of optimism, thanks to the fed chief, the stock market, and housing numbers. low prices, low interest rates and soon to expire tax credits are finally luring home buyers to open their checkbooks. >> the dining room is very nice and open. >> reporter: existing home sales in july beat those in june by more than 7%. the biggest one-month jump in a decade. and for the first time in almost three years, month to month home prices went up this summer. tiny, but welcome progress. >> sometime early next summer we expect that both volumes will be up and prices will be up more than i inftion >> rorter: andnd then therere i ththe surginstocmarketet.. ththe indedex x at d drives st tualalundsdss s a a bl ruru up me e than 50%0% since thehe ys omamarc >> i i t tnknkhat t cautuslyly opoptimimiststic icecertnly gog paparticipts are s srtrtining t >>epororr: cautioutitismsm was s e e e atn ece
trals to nortkorea to bring two american reporters home. >>> are ousands more u.s. troops going to afghanistan? itas a question that was considered at a supersececret meeting this past weend. >>> and rough flight. >> i woke up when mymy hd hit the ceiling. an ememergency l lanandiding af hitting turbulence over the atlantic. hitting turbulence over the atlantic. dozens are injured. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us on this tuesday. we start with breaking news on the fate of two american journalists held in north korea. former president clinton has arrived on a surprise visit to north korea. >> mr. clinton is expected to return with laura ling and euna lee. >> reporter: good morning, vinita. it is an extraordinary trip that is being made by former president bill clinton. clinton's visit to korea as there's heightened tensions over the nuclear programs. he hopes to win the freedom of those american journalists, laura ling and euna lee. he was greeted by the country's vice president and the vice foreign minister, who is also the country's chief
, but what it said, d joining us now to help interpret that and where the markets and the economy may be going next, mike cuggino is manager of the permanent portfolio funds with more than $4 million in funds, and diane swonk who is chief economist at mesirow capital. diane, they said that the financial conditions are leveling out and further financial conditions are improving further. do you agree? >> i agree. they certainly are leveling out and they certainly didn't say they were soaring ahead, did they? >> no. >> well, saying we are seeing some currents in the economy, and good news and bad news. the armageddon scenario is behind us, but we are moving into a recovery, but it is fragile at best, and that left the backdoor open to continue the quantitated easing if necessary, and expand the balance sheet, although i it would like as we continue into move into 2010 to reduce the ballness will sheet and not raise the rates for quite a while, but certainly accommodate it. >> well, what about it, mike? i think that at some point there needs to ban exit strategy, they will need to do that
of terror. passengers tell us about the moment their packed jetliner dropped like a stone. we answer your questions about turbulence. >>> as children head back to school, we have the swine flu survival kit. >>> and does air conditioning turn you into a popsicle? is this a female thing? we take a stand on our hot is this a female thing? we take a stand on our hot topics this morning. captions paifor by abc, inc. >>> and good morning, america. i'm diane sawyer, with chris cuomo. robin is on assignment, on this august 4th, 2009. and everyone has been thinking all along, who could sweep into north korea? who could gain the american journalists? >> the answer is presidentill clinton. he landed in the capital today. >> it's an extraordinary mission, as you say, because of the high level of it. and everybody wondering, since they have been there for five months, we know the sentence was 12 years of hard labor. will it work? let's go straight to martha raddatz and see what she has learned. martha? >> reporter: good morning, diane. the one thing that is clear here is bill clinton would not have go
it tell us about the killer? >>> the new swine flu rules. the government releases new guidelines, suggesting three shots this year. but is it safe? >>> a sister's celebration. lisa ling tells us how her sister is coping after months in captivity. and what really happened in north korea. >>> and a triple-play in the park. three of the biggest stars from "american idol" perform live in three of the biggest stars from "american idol" perform live in our summer concert series. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> and good morning, everyone. alongside chris cuomo, i'm robin roberts. diane is off, on this friday, august 7th. and we continue to learn more about the man who opened fire on an aerobics class earlier this week. >> we have a team of reporters looking into this. insight into him will help going forward. and this is a relationship class. a tough-love tutorial, with him participating. >> this, as the victims' families prepare to say good-bye. the funerals tomorrow for three women killed. >> john berman has been in bridgeville, pennsylvania, since the beginning. he's looking at wh
have actually used them? captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good evening. it was two months ago tomorrow the world learned michael jackson was dead and for the first time tonight we now know definitively what killed him with a chilling time line the drugs jackson was given in the final hours of his life. the l.a. coroner concluded he died of a lethal amount of the anesthetic propofol and reports that homicide charge was be coming next. mike von fremd is in los angeles to start us off. good reasoning. >> reporter: good evening. court damages are revealing. michael jackson's doctor said he was trying to wean him off of the potential lethal pain medication but that didn't stop the doctor from administering one last dose that the coroner now says ended michael jackson's life. after months of speculation the many court documents tell the grim story of the day jackson died. jackson's doctor had been treatmenting the insomia for weeks. exparties with propofol. murray was concerned that jackson was becoming increasingly addicted to propofol and introduced other drugs to help him sleep.
. and thanks for being with us. u.s. efforts to get rid of the taliban and al qaeda may have gotten a major boost. that's because it appears that the top terrorist leader in pakistan has been killed in a cia drone attack. >> pakistani intelligence officials say that batula massoud is dead. and there's reports that his funeral has already been held. we get details from nick schifrin in islamabad. >> reporter: massoud is pakistan's eni number one. responsible for some of the worst terrorist attacks in the country's history. pakistani officials say he's killed more than 1,200 people in the last 2 years, including benazir bhutto. he's at the center of a nexus of terrorists that have threatened pakistan's future. this year, the u.s. has increased its targeting of massoud, using unmanned, cia drones. of the last ten attacks in the pakistani tribal areas, nine have targeted massoud and his network. in pakistan, the attacks are controversial. but the u.s. believes they are the only way to target the taliban and al qaeda, in the rugged terrain along the afghan border. >> over the past six months, we
money to keep the cash for clunkers program going beyond the week. jonathan karl joins us, i know they approved $2 billion more for the program. what's the senate going to do? >> reporter: no guarantee they'll do the same thing. there are hurdles to passing that bill. a big one cleared a short while ago when senator dianne feinstein who opposed the program because she didn't think fuel efficiency standards were high enough. said she favors it. points out offer average the cars people bought got nine miles per gallon better mileage than the clunkers she traded in. with her support makes it more likely she'll pass on the senate. >> of course they have the vote fs it came up to pass it. i gather conservatives are opposed to this. why? >> they are adamantly opposed. in fact you see the overwhelming majority of republicans oppose this program. because it's mismanaged. look at chaos created at dealerships around the country. they say yeah, it's popular. dropping dollar bills out of airplanes is also popular. that said, charlie in my conversations with republican senators today, i get th
has details. >> hello. >> reporter: cynthia thompson is a pioneer. one of the first people in the u.s. to take part in an h1n1 swine flu vaccine trial. dr. lisa jackson explained how it would all work. >> so, you know, we're going to collect a blood specimen and a revisit. and a body response to the vaccine. >> reporter: thompson was told the risk of serious side-effects is low. but no guarantees. she listened. then, gave permission. >> no, i'm not really worried about the risk just because i trust in what they're doing. and i think it's great what they're doing. you have to do things like this in order to benefit others. >> reporter: and with that, it was time for the actual vaccination. thompson and other volunteers will get two shot, three weeks apart, as researchers look at safety, effectiveness, and whether it will take one dose or two to provide immunity. the federal trials are taking place at eight vaccine test centers nationwide. most get under way next week. about 2,500 paid volunteers in all. half adults. half children. vaccine companies are also running their own trials. re
driving in here? >> devas.ting looks like a scene from a mosec. sec.a idha datng o, n a what did you used to see over the fence? >> my neighbor's house. >> reporter: on every side of their home, to the left, the right and across the street, the homes are gone. a black and white scape. nothing but chimneys and charred appliances remain. the meyers learned their fate while watching the news. >> you could see the house behind us in flames. you could see this house in flames. the whole neighborhood in flames, but our one house, nothing happened. i can't explain it. i'm so happy that i have everythingng. my posssioions, mymy pictures. but, to e my neighbors with nothg, it just breaks my heart. >> reporter: officials wouldn't let bo bill and his wife into the fire zone with us. the only way tina got a glimpse was with our pictures. >> it happened so fast. oh my gosh. devastating for my neighbors they lost evererything.wh devastating to look at that situatn. >> reporter: there is no reason their home survived. but the meyers say with so much loss around them they can never go back. lisa fletcher
institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> thank you for joining us on this thursday morning. i'm alison starling. >> we'll have much more on all of those stories in a few minutes. first we begin with your traffic and weather every 10 minutes. first a check on the forecast. >> outside this morning, it actually doesn't feel quite as intense. it is a little less muggy this morning but not quite refreshing just yet. we're still in august. keep that in mind. in virginia, the winds are fairly light. a couple of thunderstorms. not a lot of them but the ones that come together, there could be pretty heavy downpours. temperatures in the mid 80's. averaging 87. a touch cooler than we typically have this time of year. >> good morning. we are looking at the southbound side of 270 here from montgomery county. the change of route 109. we will take you to the beltway and show you how things are doing at the american legion bridge. finally we end up in springfield and traffic is running freely, no difficulty getting from fredericksburg. >> thank you very much. well, tempers are flaring at the town halls all acr
tornado. and rricane bill sets its course near the u.s. >>> still missing. the tearful father of a georgia woman who disappeared on a walk on a rural road, pleads for news and his daughter's safe return. a "gma" exclusive. >>> oprah winfrey and dr. mehmet oz, suing companies, saying they falsely use their names to endorse health products. dr. oz speaks to us. >>> and look at this picture. a world champion female track star faces the question -- is he a world champion female track star faces the question -- is he is a woman or a man? captions paid for by abc, in >>> and good morning, america. diane sawyer, chris cuomo. robin roberts is off on this thursday, august 20th, 2009. and the dangerous weather will not step for the people in the midwest. tornadoes ripping through minnesota, wisconsin, iowa. in a moment, you're going to hear from a brave, young boy, in illinois, who was home alone in his basement, when the drnd blew away his house around him. >> the sounds outside of his home was louder than the music he was listening to. >>> and we're following hurricane bill. 800 miles south of ber
phone call from them, saying we're sur rounded. he is now at the u.s. embassy in baghdad. >> i'm very, very happy to hear that. i'm very worried about hiss. >> >> reporter: for their families, it's been a bewildering two days since their arrest. ncerned y, wy reconl about the well-being of joshua and his two other people fattal's father wrote in a statement to abc news. a statement department official says the americans were in iraq as tourists and accidentally strayed into iranian territory. iranians state television is hinting at something worse. they say the americans ignored warnings from guards to ay away from the border. and their detention comes at a of mente ous.fof inmenting ment unrest in iran, instigating the protests that followed its disputed june presidential election. earlier this year, american journalist rock zan that sib barry was detained as well, accused of spying and jailed. >> i think there's a decent chance iran will portray these three as spies. and leave it up to the united states or these ree individuals to prove their innocence. >> reporteue meg inso c is tr
out. the prospects for growth in the near term are good. and there are signs the u.s. housing market may be rebounding quicker than expected. home sales climbed more than 7% in july, the fourth straight monthly increase. foreclosures and other distressed properties are about a third of all transactions last month. >>> i knew abc news polls show half of americans now disapprove of the president's handling of health care. 46% approve. the health and human services secretary was at ohio trying to win support for the plan. she is confident that congress will try to come up with a workable bill after its august recess. >>> official election results will not be released until next week in afghanistan, but the leading campaign is already declaring victory. millions voted in the second presidential election, and despite violence and fear reducing the turnout, the presidential candidate accused incumbent president of stressing the ballot boxes. still, american officials say the election was a success. >>> they struck at least 40 times in a few hours. residents and police are searching for clu
. >> just giveve us about 10 or 1 minutes.s. >>>> but now they're at ththe cr ofof the o obama adminisistrati plan to keke b bk afghanisisn. >>>> make sure -- [ inaudibible. let's s go. >> this elite group p nicknamed the fast team has taken the drug-fighting expertisese here afghanistan. because this is where 90% of the world's heroin is produced. >> poppy seeds. doesn't look like my muffins back home. >> yeah, you smell it? >> all right. that's hash. >> money from the drug trade is believed to generate $125 million a year. >> oh, yeah. all this right here. oh, here's the sifters. >> and from the taliban and the growing insurgencies in pakistan and afghanistan and possibly al qaeda, tarentino leads his men on four deployments. their mission is to collect evidence and build legal cases against some of the most corrupt drug dealers. >> all right. >> often, targeting smaller dealers to build larger cases. >> handcuffs -- that's what i need. i need to talk to the women. you're under arrest. illegal possession of narcotics. >> this arrested man just told his distraught wife th he i
on authorized, kind -- in humane techniques were used. >> the program has to have rules. you cannot have people who are freelancing. >> it says that khalid sheikh mohammad was waterboarded. while questioning a man that plotted an attack, investigators used a gun and a powerl gir and implied his mother would be sexually assaulted. >> it shows an agency that was entirely out of control, and it was out of control by design. >> the details of the report prompted the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor. >> he decided it was extreme and off and he was troubled by some of the past investigations and thought they did not look into it thoroughly enough. >> the investigator is believed never to have lost a court case. >> he will not allow politics to influence the investigation. >> today the cia director said he will stand up for those who followed the guidelines at the time. >> anybody who conducted actions that were sanctioned should not be prosecuted. the decision on who should be prosecuted are up to the attorney-general. >> one cia official is quoted in this reported seen 10 years from
was stolen and left in an italian orphanage. he joins us live with his dramatic story. >>. >> a jewel heist out a hollywood movie. how did crooks steal sz 65 million worth of jewels s in d how did crooks steal sz 65 million worth of jewels s in d daylight? captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning, alongside chris cuomo, i'm robin roberts diane sawyer is off on this wednesday, august 12th. president obama becoming a sort of fact-checker in chief. >> he hasn't seen the ugly scenes we've seen elsewhere, he's the president after all. but look at los angeles this morn, people lining up for free health care. >> so let's begin with our senior white house correspondent jake tapper with the latest on the owing battle over reform. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the debate over health care reform dominated by the president's opponents but he's seeking to regain moment ul and in doing so, has raised the stakes in this furious fight. >> you and your cronies in the government -- >> reporter: summer recess no day at the beach for many members of congress. democrats contin
are using antidepressant, and it's not only because they're depressed. >> postage due. big money problems may force the closing of hundreds of post offices and force delivery cut-backs. >> and grab your wallet. wait until you hear what it costs raise a child these days. captions paid for by abc, inc. even after leaving office, presidents of the united states hold a special status, allowing them to fulfill roles no one else can. so it was today. former president bill clinton secretly flew to north korea to win freedom for two journalists. laura ling and euna lee were sentenced to hard labor for crossing borders illegally. after he met with kim jong-il, the women were pardoned. >> bill clinton has now left korea. it's unclear whether the journalists are on his plane. president clinton held an emotional meeting with the two journalists before the special pardon was issued. despite a few tense moments, bill clinton seems to have gotten exactly what he wanted. freedom for the journalists, and the north koreans got what they wanted as well. less than 24 hours after he lapded in north korea, he
were going to a meeting. we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us president bill clinton. we were shocked, but we knew we were shocked, but we knew instantly in our hearts that th the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. >> reporter: his mission accomplished, president clinton left the talking today to former vice president al gore, who founded current tv, where the women work. >> your families have been unbelievable. unbelievable. unbelievable. great hanna has been a great girl and which you were gone and your m your mother has been making your special soup for two days now. >> reporter: the women spent the shst of the day relaxing with reporter: tes. cial soup madel. by their mother. >> i know that there will be a sushi dinner at some point s extraordinarily relieved. >> reporter: today's menu -- fruit and that special soup made le their mother. neither woman gave any details of their ordeal today, but u.s. officials are certainly looking forward to hearing their story. president obama said today he was extraordinarily relieved. >> the reunion that we've
back, and using its best assets to do it. >> las vegas has set a new record of achievement. >> shameless to say the least, the first shot came with a bikini parade through the heart of the city billed as the world's largest, a far cry from this. >> started about 4:00 in the morning. >> the ad campaign during the het of t downturn focused on las vegas as an affordable vacation for hard-working people. but while gambling revenues, tourism and convention business were all falling to pieces, the image change fell flat, which is today sin is back. all part of a branding effort that begins in this room. >> is thereny way when someone turns on their computer that vegas can sound like god? >> they may not look like much but these people are the brains behind an entire city's image. >> we're a contest to find the most boring town in the u.s. >> the odds are pretty good this group has actually put words in your mouth. >> what happens in vegas stays in vegas. >> what happens in vegas stays in vegas. >> there seems to be a few weekends missing. >> a one-liner so catchy -- >> you know w
and national guard member to attend a public college. we are live with details for us. scott. >> well, this new g.i. bill isn't as sweeping as the one that was created during world war ii that essentially said a veteran can go to any college at any cost, but it much improved over what we have had in recent years. no longer will veterans have to pay up front for a lot of their college costs. the government will do that for them. since 9-11, life in the military has been full of sacrifices to say the least. today the white house found it fit to reward them. >> you pick the school, we'll pick up the bill. >> president obama announced the new post-9-11 g.i. bill to make sure those who served in combat will also make it to the classroom. >> we do this not just to meet our moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly, we do it because these men and women must now be prepared to lead our nation. >> i was definitely excited about the new g.i. bill even when it was just an idea in congress. >> 25-year-old matthew halby who twice was deployed to iraq is one of the half million veterans expected to ta
with a small plane this afternoon over the dson river. the two aircraft went down just south of where a u.s. airways plane crash land seven months ago but beverly, tragically the outcome is much different. new york mayor michael bloomberg called the accident not surviveable. it is a crystal-clear, sunny day. three people on the plane including a child were headed to ocean city, new jersey. a number of people strolling along the river witnessed the deadly crash in disbelief. >> it was like a movie. it was turning, then the head went down first. >> two victims have already been recovered in the water. witnesses say the aircraft collided not far from the hoboken line. >> the helicopter went straight down in the water, there was a puff of smoke and a bang, the plane hit the water in a couple of pieces. >> according to the f.a.a., the plane, a piper a.a.-32 had just taken off from teterboro airport in new jersey. mayor bloomberg says it pacer the airplane crashed into the rear of the chopper. >> the visibility is about two feet at the depth of 30 feet. >> while the coast guard continues gatherin
for starting the special olympics. her family said she set out to change the world and change us. and she did that and more. growing up alongside her dashing brothers, jack, ted and bobby, eunice shriver held a front-row seat to some of the greatest and some of the most tragic moments of the 20th century. but it was an unheralded member of the family, who inspired her life's work. her mentally challenged sister, rosemary. >> she taught us all, that adversity meant almost nothing. and that it could always be fun for all of us to be together. >> reporter: mrs. shriver shared a special closeness with rosemary. spending extra time with her. making sure she always felt included. that was a life lesson she never forgot. >> she founded the scial olympics in 1968, to get people with intellectual disabilities the chance to develop physical fitness, to create friendships and experience the joy of sports competition and achievement. >> well done. >> reporter: the games immediately became much more than athletic competitions. for over 40 years, they have brought understanding, inclusion, and acceptance t
should lead the taliban next turns deadly. the u.s. capitalizes on the chaos. >>> the manson murders 40 years later. crimes that horrified the nation. why is there now a fight to free some of those murderers? >>> and the daily snooze, the surprising number of americans sneaking a nap while on the job. and why some say their bosses ought to be thanking them. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good evening. they have been pulling wreckage and bodies from the hudson river here in new york a day today after that midair crash yesterday between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane. all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed. tonight, investigators are learning more about how this happened and the crash is raising new questions about the many aircraft flying every day at low altitudes in busy skies across this country, aircraft that are virtually unmonitored. we begin with lisa stark along the hudson tonight. >> reporter: good evening, david. investigators say they have now recovered seven bodies. the search resumes tomorrow. they're looking for the precise location of the aircr
that it will be labeled homicide. >>> a dire swine flu warning. a presidential panel says half the u.s. population could get that flu. 90,000 people could die. what do we do now? >>> plaxico burress. from super bowl superstar to jail time. his first interview, here. >>> madoff's mistress. a 21-year affair. and she's telling all in a live interview this morning. >>> and defined a generation. "thirtysomething." the cast here, their first "thirtysomething." the cast here, their first reunion, 20 years later. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> we say good morning to you. welcome, again. i'm diane sawyer. robin is off on this tuesday, august 25th. after all of the speculation, after all of the talk, we have real information on michael jackson's death. >> one doctor says he took enough sedatives to knock down on elephant. the question, now, of course, will it rise to the level o homicide? abc's mike von fremd is at the los angeles county coroner's office. he has the latest this morning. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning, chris. he's documents show that dr. conrad murray admitted that he had been t
illegal aliens, they're going to give us classes on euthanasia. >> reporter: the white house says what they've heard isn't true. sarah palin weighed in with this facebook posting on what she called an obama death panel that would determine who gets treatment and who doesn't. even independent observers va this is offbait. still former speaker of the house newt gingrich defended the idea. >> you're asking to us trust turning power over to the government when there clear are people in the government to believe in establishing euthanasia. >> reporter: the growing anger and and confusion offer the original 1,000 page bill has put the white house and democrats on the offensive. >> i've heard this is going to pay for abortion across america. not true in any version of the bill. sghits hard to have a discussion about health care reform if you don't really know what it's all about. >> reporter: which means if health care reform is going to happen by the end of the year, the public will want to hear more reasoning. >> why don't you go home. >> reporter: and less ranting. rachel martin, abc ne
this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible and we call on the iranian government to help us determine the where abouts of -- >> clearly the wrong report there but we'll get that fixed for you. >> let us go ahead and take a look at your tuesday forecast. a stormy day in the midwest, hail, gusty winds and thunderstorms from missouri to ohio. >> there will be lightning with light rain in the rocky mountains. >> 83 in sacramento, 87 in >> portland, 98 in boise today. highs in the upper 80s across much of the midwest but 70s in fargo. in the twin cities, 85 in boston, 8 in new york and 92 in atlanta. >> for the first time these sawful hours been fit us because this morning we want to be among the first to say happy birthday, mr. president. >> president obama turns 4 today. it looks like he'll spend most of the day working instead of celebrating the white house is tight lipped abyny festivitiby that might brehe htonight. >> we wish the president and -- >> doesn't look very tasty. >> it would probably love five guys. >> my fellow leo. i didn't know he was a leo. >> >> you got your
. with reports that swine flu could infect half of the u.s. population this year, the government gets ready. how health officials are considering a plan that would bar sick passengers from boarding airplanes. >>> and life in the slow lane. we'll take you to a town where residents say they have everything because they have no residents say they have everything because they have no cars. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning, america. it is august 29th. saturday morning. and a who's who of american politics is descending on boston. th's where kate snow is this morning. good morning, kate. >> good morning, bill. senator ted kennedy lies in pose. a senate delegation will arrive shortly to the library where we are to pay their last respects. we'll have journey to his final resting place. we'll talk to one of his nephews about carrying on his legacy. and we'll talk to some of his former staffers, including supreme court justice steven breyer. and he'll talk about how he inspired them to greatness. i know you have more to come in new york, bill. >> we do, kate. >>> we have the latest on that
. rising sales and growing customer satisfaction for the u.s. auto industry. >>> prescription for change. health insurance cooperatives. what are they? and could they provide health insurance reform? >>> danger zone. afghanistan is rocked by violence just two days before presidential elections. >>> on guard. new concerns about serious side effects from a cancer vaccine, widely recommended for girls and young women. >>> and then, how many times can young women. >>> and then, how many times can a person make a comeback? captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good evening. we have begun this broadcast so many times with reports about the u.s. auto industry. rarely good news. sales down, jobs lost, factories closed, bankruptcies filed. but today, good news. gm says it is increasing production by 60,000 vehicles this year, and reinstating more than 1300 jobs, thanks in large measure by the cash for clunkers program. a new survey out today shows growing customer satisfaction with american cars. so, sharyn alfonsi joins us now. >> reporter: charlie, one dealer we spoke to today said, before the cas
.d. >> the team also uses computer wizardry to reconstruct the faces of the dead, another 41 cases solved. >> we get to give that victim their name back. >> reporter: many of these cold cases do not have a happy ending, including jaycee lee dugard. she's alive, but no one can restore the childhood she lost. david wright, abc news, virginia. >>> the los angeles county core nore today confirmed details surrounding michael jackson ice death. in a state, they said jackson's death was a homicide, caused by acute propofol intoxication. a fatal overdose of the powerful drug. an investigation is continuing. >>> also in california, more wildfires, it's a familiar story. the fires cover tusands of acres, homes are threatened, residents have been forced to flee. there is a state ofen ergmecy as crews battle the blazes with thg hot, dry conditions making things worse. brian rooney is in la canada, california. >> reporter: the sun had trouble poking through a deep layer of smoke that hung over the los angeles basin this morning. the city skyline was shrouded in gray air as the wildfires continued to feed plu
. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us on this thursday. we now know the gunman who went on that deadly rampage at a suburban pittsburgh gym had no criminal record and no history of mental illness. but his chilling online diary, reveals a tortured, lonely man, fueled by hatred. >> the target of george sodini's rage, women. john berman has the latest from bridgeville, pennsylvania. >> reporter: police say george sodini had no relationship with any of the women he shot here. george sodini said he had no relationship with any women at all. we know that because the 48-year-old law firm systems analyst tried to tell us. in a soul-spilling blog. a road map to murder. why do this to young girls? he asks. just read below. in december of 2008, he writes, no girlfriend since 1984. who knows why. i'm not ugly or too weird. no sex since july 1990, either. the l.a. fitness club member fretted over appearance. december 29th, 2008. just got back from tanni. been doing this for a while. i actually look good. i dress good. am clean-shaven, bathe, touch of colon. yet, 30 million women rejected me over an
the border from iraq straight into an international incident. >>> finally found, the remains of the first u.s. casualty of the persian gulf war have been recovered in iraq. michael scott speicher's family waited 18 years. >>> and extreme caution. amid signs of economic recovery. but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are but the obama administration isn't saying the tax hikes are off the table. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm andrea canning filling in for jeremy hubbard. there are intense diplomatic efforts to learn more about the fate of three americans being held in iran. >>> they were captured after hiking in a dangerous region on the border between iraq and iran. abc's sonia gallego is in london with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the families of the americans are still coming to terms with the news of their capture. and their arrest comes at a time of increased strain between iranian and the u.s. governments. the three, shane bauer from minnesota, a freelance journalist based in
. courtney robinson tells us what that will mean for the more than 141,000 students back in class today. >> for the class of 2010, it is a celebration. a new year, at the school, back to the books, back to where things left off with budget cuts. >> we will have a good year no matter what. >> as montgomery county's 200 schools will come students, they are in the midst of a spending freeze. any open positions will stay vacant except for principals and teachers whose pay is supplemented by federal dollars. this after the system was able to shore up a deficit in the spring, shedding 2 to the jobs and doing away with the cost of living -- shedding 250 jobs and doing away with cost-of-living raises. >> we may have a few more issues to deal with as the year unfolds, depending on how revenues come in. we staffed and we planned. >> the projected budget gap looms. montgomery county is having to do the same with less funding and about 3000 new students. >> i think it is going to hurt the students at the end. it is not fair that we do not spend money on education. >> the superintendent is not perce
$9 trillion over ten years. huge numbers, so, bianna golodryga joins us tonight. >> reporter: good evening, charlie. aside from a ballooning deficit, the administration noted the taxpayers debt as a percentage of growth is expected to reach its highest levels since world war ii. recovery, but at what cost? the mid-year budget released today points to signs of economic stabilization in financial markets and the banking system. but the pre tag is enormous. >> these numbers also tell us that it is extremely important that policy makers and congress reduce the deficit, make it more sustainable and avoid a fiscal train wreck. >> reporter: a point republicans quickly jumped on as well. arguing that such deficits mean the country cannot afford health care reform. >> we're talking about a new trillion or multi-trillion dollar debt laid on the american people. >> reporter: in a move seen by many as both a diversion, as well as a market stabilizer, the president made news of his own, by reappointing the federal reserve chairman. >> the man next to me, ben bernanke, has led the fed through on
and injured hundreds more today. and the 130,000 u.s. troops in that country could do little to help. under the terms of the security agreement, demanded by the iraqi government. so, here's nick watt. >> reporter: today, this was a city under siege, as truck bombs id mortars t ruheck athare t raq's government. just before 11:00 a.m. the finance ministry was hit. the blast so strong, it destroyed a nearby highway. "my car was blown in the air," said this man. two minutes later, while politicians met inside the heavily-fortified green zone -- it was another truck bomb, outside the foreign ministry. of0 25jure0 d.ed, more than five minutes later, mortars struck the parliament and defense ministry. the security of baghdad is now the sole responsibility of iraqi security forces since the u.s. handed over control. >> we are very glad they left. we look forward for them to leave iraq altogether. >> reporter: u.s. troops are still stationed in and around the city, but they can only help if asked by the iraqis. today, those soldiers, aside from a handful of bomb disposal experts, had to stand back a
for being with us. well, it is election day in afghanistan. a big test of that nation's progress, with millions of voters choosing their next president. >> plus, security is a major concern today, as tiban threated to disrupt the process. nick schifrin joins us from kabul this morning, where thousands have already voted. how's it going so far, nick? >> reporter: jeremy, thousands are voting. thousands will continue to vote for the next few hours, until the polls are closed. but as you said, not without a few incidents. there was a major shootout between police and three taliban suicide bombers on the streets of kabul this morning. luckily, the police were able to kill two of those suicide bombers. the third escaped. police are still looking for them. they've actually since confiscated the cameras of some of the journalists who have gone to that scene. so, clearly, police are really concerned about the violence, concerned about reporting on that violence. the big concern about the violence and fears of promised violence across the country by the taliban, is that nobody will come a
, pulled us out or we could stand. it was scary. >> the tide is out, and people are playing on the flash. if it continues to build, it could be a dangerous situation. this weekend, make sure you are in front of one of the members of the beach patrol. it is possible that there will be restricted swimming as the storm approaches. >> don't forget, you can check the weather at the beach at any time by going to the weather section of our website. >>> surprising new details about a story we saw first on abc 7. thieves are using firefighters tools to break into a series of atms. courtney robinson is live in prince george's county. the equipment may have been stolen? >> that is something that investigators are looking into tonight. prince george's county fire tells us that back in april, one of their fire trucks went in for repairs. when it came back, it was missing some of the equipment similar to that of what firefighters we spoke to believe the thieves used in the theft. in less than one minute, thieves bust open this atm, take the cash, and run into a waing blue truck. customers and employee
memory. ted kennedy himself used to describe the big house as a pbk.oo inside no priceless works of art, but hundreds upon hundreds of photographs of america's political dynasty. >> there was that that we first saw them, the family running around the yard and throwing the footballs and the women and the men, and those sailboats. those constant pictures of various family members on the sailboats. >> they always suggested vigor. >> certainly vigor was certainly a big part of the kennedy mystique. >> and hyannisport was always the back drop. >> hoing a large family and an active family, i think it's been very much involved with the out of doors, with all of those implications. >> hyannisport was camelot's beach house. the kennedy castle on nantucket sound, a home at produced not just one but three sons who aspired to the highest office in the land. joe kennedy bought the big dutch colonial with the wraparound porch in 1929. three years before his youngest was born. >> this is hyannis on beautiful cape cod. >> for many americans, hyannisport is synonymous with elitism, a sort of place -- a
sotomayor opposed to win and become the third woman and first hispanic to become a u.s. supreme court judge. >> if the u.s. senate will confirm sonia sotomayor by your to be associate justice of the supreme court. >> today the vote culminates. the majority of republicans will not vote in favour. >> i must withhold. i will withhold my consent. >> eight republicans and all democrats point at her record as a reason to confirm. >> she is a judge of unimpeachable character and integrity. these critics have chosen to ignore her cents of record and judicial modesty and restraint. >> the house has approved funding for "cash for clunkers." lawmakers reached a deal to provide $2 billion to extend the program through labor day. they hope consumers will bring in half a million more gas guzzlers for rebates on more efficient ones. a full vote of the senate expected on sonia sotomayor my for today. after that the summer recess begins tomorrow. >> looks like a home prices are expected to fall again next year. that means nearly half of all u.s. homeowners will owe more than their house is worth in 2011. if
of springfield. our next camera takes us to 270 at democracy boulevard. now to the news desk. >> thank you. >>> we are a few hours away from a report to be released on last week's fire in northwest. >> neighbors are worried because of low water pressure made a bad fire worse. pamela brown is live with more. >> when firefighters arrived on july 29 and hooked up to the fire hydrants, there was a big drop in water pressure and at one. the water ran dry. they had to go five blocks to get water. the fire on july 29 swept through the home of peggy cooper cafritz has left neighbors with a lot of what ifs. fire officials point to a lack of water pressure as their reason for taking nearly two hours to battle the flames. if they did not waste time bringing water in, could the home have been salvaged? >> it is a definite concern. >> neighbors say a lack of water pressure has been a problem. it is common in higher elevations. they will work closely to figure out what happened. >> we have people testing the system right now. we are in investigation mode. >> this has been a concern for the past couple o
future votes. rebecca joins us with more. >> when barack obama was sworn in, he was enjoying the highest approval ratings of any incoming president. while he still faces challenges, polls show that health care debates are causing the biggest decline in his popularity. a new poll only shows only four in 10 things that president obama is doing a good job handling the health care issue. the approval rating showed a 69% of americans approved of the job he was doing. only 13% disapproved. today, 52% apove, 42% disapproved. >> i think that people don't light -- and don't like how much he wants government to do for us. >> those that do like the president say that health care is not easy to fix. >> he is taking on an awful lot of work to get done in a short period of time. >> he needs to be more up front and clear with people. a lot of people feel like they are missing that, not a really clear-cut message. he's to be more decisive. >> the biggest problem? people have grown disenchanted. >> the health-care issue is a matter of private business. it is not a right under the constitution. i am very
with the students that came before us. >> penelope gross says her vote to allow the expansion was because of the zoning matters. >> we do not have the authority to make a decision on the base of ethics, or anything like that. we do not do that for parochial schools. >> supervisor gross believes this decision to approve the expansion will improve the quality of life because it will lead to improvements in infrastructure. repeated efforts to contact school officials have proved unsuccessful. >>> according to their website, the school was founded in 1984. it currently has two campuses. the school's main campus is in alexandria. >>> police have a woman in believe shee they stabbed a man at union station. a spokesperson says it is not clear if the attack happened on a train or a platform. the victim was taken to washington hospital center. >>> a d.c. antiques collector onsle i trviagoued after someone ol collection o fsilver om his home. it was taken from the home at the intersection of ninth and westminster streets in northwest. >>> reid taliban is a silver appraiser -- reed donovan is er.ve
it is not as bad as predicted. it it could, could indicate the worst is behind this -- us. laid off last winter, the sales and marketing specialist found part-time work but can't get fully back. how frustrating is it? >> i can't say that on tv. >> a quarter of a million people just to join her. to many, that is actually good news. >> i am convinced we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. >>monthly losses averaged six under and 45,000. in july, it was 331,000. the newest figure, 247,000. try telling that to the 34 million receiving food stamps. >> i have been going to soup kitchens. i have been going to the thrift store, staying with friends. i am trying to make ends meet. >> as for the new figures -- >> it is encouraging to hear that, but it is still not good. >> wages rose, too. prompting others to feel if it is ok to be optimistic. even if the recession is over, job losses are can -- are expected to continue for months. it could take until 2013 to get unemployment down to 5%. >>> there have been fewer job cuts in manufacturing, construction, and financial areas. areas hardest
ladies said, don't leave us here like this. tell somebody what is going on here. at the know how they treating you. -- let them know how they treating you. >> we left a message. it when we called back a third time, we were told he left the hospital. >> the united medical center used to be greater southeast hospital, primarily serving people east of the river. there in the process of renovating several areas of the hospital. >>> it to metro bus -- two metro bus drivers have been fired. he refused to let a customer off the bus, and the second was arrested on july 30 for driving with a suspended license. a third operator was photographed using a self on the bus. we have since learned at she was reporting a mechanical problem. she was not fired, but was reconstructed on operating procedure. -- reconstructed -- reinructed. >>> the flames started spreading at the dairy farm about two hours ago. all of the animals were ablto escape. >>> it is official, michael veeck is back in the nfl after weeks -- michael vick is back in the nfl after weeks oafter his jail release. >> i made a horribl
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